Schwartz, Dekel to aid UYoung with int’l launch

Kids TV veterans Sander Schwartz and Elie Dekel are to help Chinese media group UYoung Entertainment launch a US base. King Duckling coproducer UYoung is launching LA-based UYoung Entertainment International, which will debut at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this summer. Former FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment chief Schwartz (left) and ex-Saban Brands boss […]

Tricon, Lupus, Disney go for My Big Red Head

Canada’s Tricon and Lupus from the UK are lining up My Big Red Head, a new toon series for Disney XD. Several of the team behind Cartoon Network original The Amazing Adventures of Gumball are on board, with James Lamont and Jon Foster writing, and Miklos Weigert directing. The CGI-animated toon will target 8-12s and […]

Televisa SVOD net takes Imira package

Televisa’s Latin American SVOD service, Blim, has bought eight children’s series from Spanish distributor Imira Entertainment. The deal hands the platform the Imira-produced Lucky Fred (pictured), Lola & Virginia, Sandra the Fairytale Detective, Aurora World’s Yoohoo & Friends, SpeedRacer Next Generation from Imira parent Toonz Entertainment, Zodiak Kids’ Martin Mystery, Xilam’s A Kind of Magic, […]

Cartoon Forum to feature record 22 countries

September’s Cartoon Forum will feature animated projects from a record 22 territories, with a Canadian effort set to be presented for the first time. The 27th edition of the European pitching event, now held annually in Toulouse, will see buyers shown 80 projects. Fifty-three-per-cent are targeted at 6-11s, with 25% for preschoolers and 10% at […]

Nick president Hicks steps down

Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks has resigned from his post after 18 years with the Viacom-owned kids channel. Hicks, formerly Nick’s marketing chief, was upped to president, content development and production at the Nickelodeon Group in 2012. According to various US reports, he has resigned after a four-month medical break, and Nick has no immediate plans […]

Show of the week: Arthur and the Minimoys

“The reasons we decided to do Arthur and the Minimoys were, on one side, we wanted to work with Luc Besson’s company [Europacorp], and on the other, we knew this was already a well-established brand,” says Studio 100 Media managing director Patrick Elmendorff. Besson wrote the first Arthur book in 2002, and that provided the […]

m4e buys Rainbow out of Mia and Me

German brand management and production firm m4e has acquired Italian toon producer Rainbow’s shares in Mia and Me, the animated preschool series the pair coproduces. The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, hands m4e the 45% of the international rights the brand it didn’t already own, though Loreto-based Rainbow retains 100% of the […]

Netflix, Julie Andrews create Henson puppet show

Legendary actor Julie Andrews has created a preschool puppet show for SVOD service Netflix. Andrews will star in Julie’s Greenroom, which is set to launch globally in 2017 and will guest star the likes of Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett and Sara Bareilles. Sesame Street studio The Jim Henson Company is creating a new series of […]

France’s TeamTO opens China office

French animation studio TeamTO has established an office in Beijing, China, with feature film industry exec Shu Ye set to run it. TeamTO already has bases in France and Los Angeles, the latter of which opened in 2011. The Beijing base will “serve as a conduit between its own studios and established Chinese content companies”, […]

BBC iPlay ‘could boost UK kids sector’

An ‘iPlay’ digital platform, which would see the BBC and outside partners establish an online platform for kids, could boost investment in the declining UK kids production sector, according to new research. The Communications and Media Research Institute’s ‘Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children’ report examines […]

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